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Visual Design for Online Learning

Book Description

Update the visual design of your course in pedagogically sound ways

Visual Design for Online Learning spotlights the role that visual elements play in the online learning environment. Written for both new and experienced instructors, the book guides you in adding pedagogically relevant visual design elements that contribute to effective learning practices. The text builds upon three conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning. This resource explores critical issues such as copyright, technology tools, and accessibility and includes examples from top Blackboard practitioners which are applicable to any LMS. Ultimately, the author guides you in developing effective visual elements that will support your teaching goals while reinforcing the learning materials you share with your students.

There has been a steady increase of over 10% in online enrollment for higher education institutions since 2002, yet the visual look of online courses has not changed significantly in the last ten years. Adapting to the needs of students within online classes is critical to guiding your students toward success—and the right visual elements can play an integral role in your students' ability to learn and retain the information they need to thrive in their chosen programs. In fact, visual elements have been shown to increase student participation, engagement, and success in an online course.

  • Leverage the best practices employed by exemplary Blackboard practitioners

  • Explore three foundational conceptual frameworks: active learning, multiple intelligences, and universal design for learning

  • Increase student retention and success

  • Visual Design for Online Learning is an essential reference for all online educators—both new and experienced.

    Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright
    3. Dedication
    4. Preface
      1. What Will You Learn?
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About the Author
    7. Chapter 1: How Do I Begin?
      1. Start with What You Know
      2. Designing Content Pages
      3. Keep the Design L.I.T.E.
      4. Summary
      5. What's Next?
    8. Chapter 2: How Do I Include Images and Video?
      1. What Are Copyright and Fair Use?
      2. What Is Copyright Infringement?
      3. The TEACH Act
      4. Creative Commons
      5. Determining Copyright
      6. Where Can I Find Images?
      7. The Search for Images
      8. Displaying Images in Your Course
      9. Best Uses for Images
      10. Images to Motivate and Encourage
      11. Create a Welcoming Course Environment
      12. Visual Cues
      13. Consistent Types of Content
      14. Establish a Positive Learning Community
      15. Images to Showcase Lesson Objectives and Learning Outcomes
      16. Incorporating Video in Online Instruction
      17. Video Hosting
      18. Screencasting
      19. Displaying Video
      20. A Video-Based Discussion Forum
      21. Summary
      22. What's Next?
    9. Chapter 3: How Do I Facilitate Instruction and Interaction?
      1. How Can I Facilitate Online Discussions?
      2. Planning Group Projects Online
      3. How Do I Provide Instruction Online?
      4. The Marshmallow Challenge Lesson and the Direct Instruction Model for Teaching Skills, Facts, or Foundational Principles
      5. Case Study: The Instructional Design of an Introduction to Sociology Course
      6. Summary
      7. What's Next?
    10. Chapter 4: How Do I Integrate Multimedia?
      1. Readability and Legibility
      2. Strategies for Displaying Multimedia
      3. Using Multimedia for Instruction
      4. Using Multimedia for Assessment
      5. Multimedia for Learner Engagement
      6. Scenarios
      7. Interactive Learning Objects
      8. Summary
      9. What's Next?
    11. Chapter 5: How Do I Visually Design a Course?
      1. Evidence of Good Visual Design
      2. Summary
      3. What's Next?
    12. Chapter 6: How Do I Support Learners Online?
      1. Where Is the Syllabus
      2. How do I Check My Grades?
      3. How do I Contact the Instructor
      4. How Do I Get Technology Help?
      5. How Do I Get Help with Assignments
      6. How Do I Use Specific Course Features
      7. Epilogue: Where Do We Go from Here?
    13. Appendix A: Syllabus Review Script
      1. Syllabus Review Script for Screencast
    14. Appendix A: Course Welcome and Orientation Script
      1. Course Welcome and Orientation Script for Screencast
    15. References
    16. Index
    17. End User License Agreement